Preparing to Teach

Pathways to Becoming a Teacher:

Undergraduate Degree Options

1. B.S. Physics - (Concentration in Secondary Education): 

  • Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of Physics
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of Physics materials
  • Provides the training necessary to become a qualified teacher
  • Once completed, students will be recommended for teaching certification by the state of Arizona

2. BAE Secondary Education (Physics):

  • Offered through the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Main focus on Secondary Education preparation, with an emphasis on Physics
  • Through this option, students will be matched up with a current Physics teacher that will serve as a mentor to the student
  • Once completed, and upon passing teaching assessments, students will be certified by the state of Arizona

Graduate Degree Options

1. MNS Natural Science (Physics):

  • Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of Physics
  • Provides interdisciplinary graduate training in Physics, Physical Science, or Physics Education
  • Especially suited for high school science teachers who desire professional training

2. M.Ed. Induction, Master of Education and Arizona Certification [InMAC] - (Physics)

  • Features a partnership with Teach For America
  • Provides an alternative pathway to teacher certification for full-time teachers on a Teaching Intern Certificate
  • To qualify, individuals must secure a full-time teaching position, participants take classes one night per week
  • Includes path to certification by the Arizona Department of Education

3. M.Ed. Master and Arizona Certification [MAC] - (Physics)

  • Students take classes at an ASU campus two nights a week and are required to do a field experience internship one day per week for at least two semesters
  • During the last semester of the program, students complete a full-time student teaching experience in their content area (Physics)
  • Includes path to certification by the Arizona Department of Education

4. iTeachAZ Teacher Education for Arizona Math and Science (TEAMS)

  • Seeks to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning within secondary schools
  • To apply, students must have at least 24 college credits in math, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/space science
  • TEAMS students complete a year-long student teaching experience during the day and take coursework both at the ASU Polytechnic campus and the Mesa Unified School District in the afternoon and evening hours
  • Students may apply for a living wage of $18,000
  • Those selected agree to teach in the Mesa Unified School District for three years upon completion of the program
  • Includes path to certification by the Arizona Department of Education

 

Taking the First Step:

Arizona State University’s Physics and Education departments offer a series of opportunities for students who are interested in exploring physics education careers and earning teaching certification.
 
For Undergraduate Students:

  1. Set up a time to meet with our Teacher in Residence, Kelli Gamez-Warble (kelli.gamez.warble@asu.edu), to discuss your teaching interests.
  2. Participate in our undergraduate learning assistant program and take the seminar course PHY 494: Seminar in Teaching and Learning Physics.
  3. Consider pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a secondary education emphasis.
  4. Learn about grants and other sources of funding to help support your training as a teacher.

 
For Graduate Students:

  1. Set up a time to meet with our Teacher in Residence, Kelli Gamez-Warble (kelli.gamez.warble@asu.edu), to discuss your teaching interests.
  2. Participate in our undergraduate learning assistant program and take the seminar course PHY 598: Seminar in Teaching and Learning Physics.
  3. Consider pursuing a Master of Natural Science.
  4. Learn about grants and other sources of funding to help support your training as a teacher.

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